Daybreak has apparently registered another substudio: Wandering Monster Games

    
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I know, you expected some EQN jokes.

Back in 2019, we started covering Daybreak’s moves to register trademarks and domain names and social media accounts for a bunch of groups that sounded a whole lot like new studios. Early this year, Daybreak finally confirmed our assumptions: Rogue Planet Games was created to run the PlanetSide franchise, Dimensional Ink for DC Universe Online and other titles, and Darkpaw Games for the EverQuest franchise, all of which seem to still wholly owned and controlled by Daybreak. At the time, we noted that H1Z1 had been left in limbo; we speculated that might have something to do with the pieces of H1Z1 moved back and forth between Daybreak and NantWorks (and sunsetted: RIP, Just Survive) over the last few years.

Well, maybe not. Daybreak has apparently registered the trademark another substudio: Wandering Monster Games. Given that H1Z1 at least used to be a zombie apocalypse survival sandbox, we think that moniker could make sense for a new substudio. Or it could be something completely different. Let the speculation begin.

Catch up on some of the recent Daybreak news:

Source: US Patent and Trademark Office. Thanks so much, Scott!

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Sarah Cushaway

I really just wish they’d sell the EQ franchise to a company that could actually DO SOMETHING WITH IT.

EQ2 has aged horribly and was not well-cared for even in the best of times. Great, great potential– and ALL of it wasted.

H1Z1 or wtf-ever they’re calling it now is just garbage.

What else do they even have left at this point? Planetside 2? Is that still around?

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PlanetSide 2’s population actually peaked very recently. MOP had an article about it. It’s a great game, unique and fun. H1Z1 was good too, once they had polished it for a while. SOE had great devs and so did Daybreak early on, it’s just that they never knew what to do with EQ.

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Loopy

Remember when we had small companies making games because they loved gaming and wanted to make a few bucks in the process? Remember when companies didn’t focus on investors and dividends and boards of directors and subsidiaries?

Even Pepperidge Farm doesn’t remember that far back..

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Adam Russell

pokemon clone?

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Armsman

Daybreak – dodging creditors since 2015.

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Adam Russell

First Ive heard of that. Who are they not paying and do you have a cite?
edit: google not finding it.

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Armsman

Okay, sorry my bad. It should be:

Daybreak: laundering money for Russian Oligarchs since 2015…

Better? ;)

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Adam Russell

No since you lied the first time you cant come back.
edit: 2nd post is also a lie since you have no cite for any money laundering. Why cant you just be honest?

The only thing factual in your posts is that they are owned by a russian financial corp.

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Alyn

The days of fun and exciting mmo’s are behind us. They are expensive. Money is what money is-corrupt. Thus we as gaming consumers suffer. I for one will NOT monetarily support any of these studios backed by dubious corporations.

Enough is enough.

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Bruno Brito

I get the message and even agree to an extent, but money isn’t corrupt, it’s a tool.

PEOPLE are corrupt.

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Fenrir Wolf

I don’t necessarily agree with this. Guild Wars 2 is the best and most inclusive it’s ever been. I’m really excited by what it is, these days. I’m often legitimately surprised by how wonderful it is, and surprisingly ethical to boot.

I mean, I remember playing ESO and getting duplicates upon duplicates of items from anything that had any random factor. Contrary to this, buying a random mounts license package in GW2 ensures that you get a unique mount with every license used. I don’t think that their cash shop is perfect, but I do think that it’s tonnes more ethical than any other MMO I’ve seen.

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Ozzie

I’ve been watching way too much Ozark during quarantine. Digital games has got to be a relatively easy way to launder money and Daybreak would the best guess if it were happening. Just seed your games with thousands of dollars in online purchases spread out across your library, pass it up to an investment firm, then diffuse. Create many separate studios like this to make it harder for authorities to track and warrant. Daybreak has the perfect company structure like in the show lol – diverse, and possibly failing and/or desperate.

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Connor

What could this mean? I’ll tell you what it doesn’t mean. Daybreak having the resources to make a new game.

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EmberStar

Given the whole “We are totally not owned by a shady foreign mafia… even though we’ve said repeatedly that we were proud to be owned by a company that totally turned out to be a mafia sock puppet” thing… It probably means a new shell corporation to play “hide the paper trail.”

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Sixuality

The term wandering monster has been part of the terminology of Dungeons & Dragons for decades. If Daybreak do actually own Standing Stone Games (and I think at this point it’s wishful thinking to believe they don’t) then perhaps they are planning to split the development of DDO off from that of LOTRO.

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Scott

Good catch. I had not considered that possibility

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gelfred

Im going to go ahead and stick my fingers in my ears.

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Jack Pipsam

It would be awfully weird if that’s true, I don’t see how it harms DDO or LOTRO to have the connection to each-other through Standing Stone, I mean it’s all the same account system through their old Turbine account site.

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Greaterdivinity

Given that Daybreak isn’t bragging about them in their stable and that there appears to be no mention of Daybreak anywhere on the SSG site, I’m skeptical. They’d have to have legal lines at the bottom of the page for Daybreak like they do with WotC/Hasbro etc., but those aren’t there.

I wouldn’t put it past Daybreak to not know they own them given the fact that they didn’t even know who owned them for years, but that seems doubtful to me. They don’t really gain anything from going through the motions to separate the DDO/LOTRO teams, especially since they’re dealing with third party licensors and agreements they had no party to (yes I know they do with DCUO, but that was already in their stable long before).

We should have financial/legal filings if they were acquired, and while I wouldn’t know where to look them up (assuming within state directories, but no clue which) I’m sure that if they existed SOMEONE would have noticed by now >.>

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Vincent Clark

“They’d have to have legal lines at the bottom of the page for Daybreak like they do with WotC/Hasbro etc., but those aren’t there.”

Um, if you click on the Legal Notices link at LOTRO.com it takes you directly to Daybreak’s website

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Greaterdivinity

For LOTRO, yes. Daybreak is the publisher for the title. But when you look at SSG’s page specifically, there’s no Daybreak mention. The latter would indicate ownership of the studio, the former just that they’re involved in publishing the specific games.

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Bruno Brito

I wouldn’t put it past Daybreak to not know they own them given the fact that they didn’t even know who owned them for years

Ok, this is sad and hilarious.